There are many famous Sikh lawyers who’ve fought many legal cases involving murder, human rights, civil rights, environmental rights and criminal offense. We have come up with a list of 5 Sikh lawyers who’ve stood out the most.
1) Navkiran Singh
Navkiran Singh: A man with a mission, Navkiran Singh is the General Secretary of the organization. The growth and development of the organization has its debt to him. Born on June 6, 1961, he is the only son of a known senior civil lawyer of Chandigarh, Gurmukh Singh. Father of two, his wife is also a lawyer and helps him in the social service. He completed his law in 1986 and followed in the footsteps of his father and joined legal profession.
He remained as an associate of Mr. Amar Singh Chahal for some time and then started practicing independently in the Punjab & Haryana High Court at Chandigarh and came to be known as an expert on human rights law and criminal law. Having a soft heart towards the victims of injustice, he got seriously involved in the campaign to provide free legal aid to the poor and indigent persons, started by his organization, which he is continuing even till today.
In 1991, he even escaped an attempt on his life at the hands of Chandigarh Police, when he tried to rescue a boy who had been acquitted by the court and whom the police wanted to re-arrest after his acquittal. He was shot at by the cops, but escaped unhurt by Gods grace. He was then given a severe beating in a busy market place and kept in illegal detention. From 1986, he undertook the task of fighting cases against police brutality and elimination of Sikh youth in fake encounter, custodial torture, extra- judicial methods and other heinous crimes by the Punjab Police , very courageously. He did all these cases on pro-bono basis and even spent miscellaneous expenses from his pocket.
By now, he has filed more than two thousand petitions highlighting cases of various human rights violations committed by the Punjab police in the supreme court, High Court, National human rights commission and Punjab state Human Rights Commission and other foras. He has been successful in getting judicial or independent inquiries into many cases of human rights violations. He is responsible for bringing to dock more than a hundred police officers and their prosecution and conviction in equal number of cases. Due to his overzealous activities against state repression and cruel police officers, he is known as a dare devil lawyer among the violators. He is committed to the cause of human rights to the core. Source: LFHRI